• Tony Allen – Skills for Security
  • Alex Carmichael – Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB)
  • Warren Collins – Association of Security Consultants (ASC)
  • Oliver Curran – Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)
  • Jane Farrell – International Professional Security Association (IPSA)
  • Ron Gregory – National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS)
  • Paul Jeffrey – Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA)
  • Richard Jenkins – National Security inspectorate (NSI)
  • Niall MacGinnis – International Security Management Association (ISMA)
  • Russell Penny – ASIS UK
  • Don Randall MBE – The Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) / City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA)
  • Mike Reddington – British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
  • Michelle Russell – Security Industry Authority (SIA)
  • Sarb Sembhi – Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Emma Shaw – The Defence Industry Security Association (DISA)
  • Elizabeth Sheldon – Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS)
  • Debbie Smyth – The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)
  • Andy Williams – TINYg
  • Richard Woolford – The Security Institute (SyI)
  • Geoff Zeidler – Police and Security Group (PaS)

Tony Allen

Tony Allen has nearly 40 years’ experience in the security industry, having worked for some of the industries leaders in electronic security design and manufacture.

This is coupled with experience in the major security markets of the UK, USA and Europe.

A hardened supporter of standards and performance excellence Tony has been a long-time supporter and active member of the BSIA.

He currently chairs the Sector Skills body and apprenticeship provider Skills for Security a company dedicated to improving standards in the industry through apprenticeship training.

Alex Carmichael

Alex Carmichael

In 2015, Alex Carmichael took over from Geoff Tate as the chief executive of SSAIB – the UK and Ireland’s leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems and manned services – which now has some 1800 registered firms.

Alex joined SSAIB from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA,) where he was director of technical services and exports. His duties on various UK and European committees are helped by his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations.

Warren Collins

Warren is an independent security consultant who runs his own company, Bridge Technical Consultants. He advises on many diverse projects from fully integrated national infrastructure sites through to public space CCTV systems.

He has worked in the electronics security industry for nearly thirty years. During that time he has been employed by various system integrators as well as manufacturers Nedap, Maxxess and CNL Software before starting his own security consultancy in 2012.

A firm believer in education in the industry he is a Tavcom tutor and delivers a number of the IP courses in the classroom.

He is also a Director of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC).

Oliver Curran

Oliver Curran BSc (Hons) has worked in the Security Industry for over 25 years, initially in the corporate sector and has spent the last 12 years working as a Security Manager at UCL (University College London). UCL is the largest University in the UK with over 43,000 students from over 150 countries, studying in over 280 buildings with a 24/7 Security workforce of over 300 staff.

Oliver is the AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers) chair for the London Region and the association’s DECT (Domestic Extremism and Counter Terrorism) Lead. AUCSO is the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world and has representation in over 24 countries around the world.

Oliver is also a Board Member for the Security Commonwealth, which is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security industry which come together for the common interest and promotion of professionalism, good practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.

Jane Farrell

Jane joined Sodexo in 1982 as a Management Trainee and has successfully worked in various management roles and the delivery of systems training.

Jane developed Sodexo Women in Security in 2012, promoting diversity within the security industry. Jane has won the prestigious Women in Security Industry Award 2013 for encouraging more women into the security industry and the Northern Power Women Transformational Leader award in 2017.

In 2017 Jane was appointed Head of Security for Sodexo UK & Ireland and Chairman of International Professional Security Association.

Ron Gregory

Ron Gregory OSPAs judge

Ron first came in to contact with Healthcare Security when deploying to Afghanistan where he trained and advised NHS staff at all levels in personal protection and security. Whilst serving in the Army, Ron specialised in a number of security areas, notably surveillance and reconnaissance and was one of the lead instructors responsible for the establishment of the Helmand Police Training Centre in Helmand.

Following his last tour he left the services and assumed the post of Security Management Trainer at an Acute Trust in the East Midlands on a 1 year contract where he brought CRT compliance up dramatically and, once out of special measures, turned his focus on to implementing CRT (Refresher), training the in house security staff and also developed a two-tier Lone Worker training package. After a spell of diversification, working in the wider Estates & Facilities directorate as Compliance Manager, Ron now works at a large acute NHS Trust in the North of England where he is employed as the Security Manager.

Ron holds a degree in Protective Security Management from Bucks New University and is currently studying for his MSc Organisational Resilience. He maintains his SIA frontline licence (Close Protection and CCTV) and conducts quality assurance for private security providers and in 2016-17 was a Standards Verifier (SV) for Pearson Group (BTEC and EdExcel). He is a Member of the Security Institute (MSyI), the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), the Emergency Planning Society (EPS) and is a Specialist Member of the International Institute for Risk and Safety Management (SIIRSM). Since November 2015, Ron has held a voluntary position as executive director (currently without portfolio) with the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS).

Paul Jeffrey

Paul Jeffrey is a founder Director of the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA) serving as its Chairman for the last 2 years. He has a background of over 27 years in vehicle access control and hostile vehicle mitigation and ran one of the first business to start vehicle impact testing in the UK.

As part of his PSSA remit, Paul has been involved with improving quality levels within the physical security industry and driving better communication between all stakeholders in perimeter security and event protection.

Richard Jenkins


Richard Jenkins was appointed in March 2014 as CEO at NSI – National Security Inspectorate. As a specialist certification body it maintains a register of over 1800 Approved Companies with NSI Gold approval the most widely recognised and highest benchmark of approval in the Security Systems, Guarding Services and Fire Safety sectors. Integrating Quality Management (BS EN ISO 9001) with Product/Services standards and codes of practice and NSI quality schedules, NSI Gold is a unique approach realising synergies for approved companies  – and maximising inspection regime focus – in the delivery of the highest standards of security and safety in practise.

Richard’s experience – a multi-disciplined career in the private sector in the UK and EMEA., including sales, retail and wholesale distribution, manufacturing and international logistics and systems, with organisations including IKEA, Chubb, Steelcase and Caterpillar, has brought a strong service ethos, with determination to deliver transparency and clarity, in the firm interest of supporting high standards of professionalism and competence in the sector.

Russell Penny

Russell Penny OSPAs Judge

Russell is the Founder and Managing Director for Denarius Consultancy and he is the UK and International Security Consultant to Exelon Corporation.

He is the former Head of the UK’s Police International Counter Terrorism Unit and National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), and retired in 2008 in the role of Detective Chief Superintendent after 31years service with the Metropolitan Police.

His subsequent corporate security roles have included Director of International Security Operations for Constellation Energy; Chief Security Officer (Global) for Christie’s; Security Technical Planning, Project Integration and Security Co-ordination for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012; Organisational and Security Reviews; Security Planning for the Rugby World Cup 2015; Critical Infrastructure lead in Northern Europe for Axis Communications.

He is Chairman for ASIS (UK) and their representative for the Security Commonwealth; Junior Warden Elect, Court Assistant, Liveryman and Committee Vice Chair of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals; Advisory Council member for Global Terrorism International Network (TINYg); member and former Director of the Association of Security Consultants and a member of the Security Institute.

Don Randall MBE

Don Randall

Don Randall served with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, with specific emphasis on fraud and counter terrorism.  Following 13 years at JPMorgan Chase as Managing Director, he joined the Bank of England in 2008 and was appointed the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer in 2013.

Don is chairman of the ‘Sister Banks’, City of London Crime Prevention Association and ‘Project Griffin’ and a member of the City of London Crime Disorder Reduction Panel.  He is also a member of the London First Security Advisory Board, Executive Member of the London Resilience Board, Chairman of the London Resilience Business Sector Panel and Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Cross Sector Safety & Security Communications initiative.

Don is a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Chartered Security Professional.  He has also served as an external lay member of the City of London Police Committee.

In 2007, Don was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement for the harmonisation of the public/private sectors.  He was presented with a Security Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Profession in 2013 and in 2015 was a recipient of the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal.  In 2018 he received the UK OSPAs Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Security Institute.

Don is currently a Senior Security Advisor to several major firms engaged in the following areas: cyber security, legal and regulatory, physical and technical security, international close protection, pre-employment screening, risk management, counter-terrorism, trans-national criminal activities, asset recovery and fraud investigations.

Mike Reddington

Mike Reddington OSPAs Judge

Mike Reddington is the Chief Executive of the BSIA (British Security Industry Association). The BSIA is a trade association that represents more than 70% of UK companies operating in the professional security industry sector and is recognised as ‘the voice of the professional security industry’.

Mike has worked in the security industry for over 25 years. He began his career in electronic engineering before moving into sales, marketing and management, rising into senior roles for a variety of leading blue chip organisations, such as Honeywell and ADI. He is passionate about the industry with a commitment and drive to identify and develop standards, quality, best practice and professionalism within the security industry. Mike is also a board director of Skills for Security which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSIA. Their primary goal is providing apprenticeship training for the security industry sector. Mike also holds an MBA from Leeds University Business School.

Michelle Russell

Michelle Russell OSPAs Judge

Michelle Russell joined the SIA as Director of Partnership and Interventions in January 2020.

She joined the SIA from the Charity Commission where she was the Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement for over 5 years, leading its investigations, monitoring and enforcement work, its specialist outreach programmes and accountancy functions strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding. Michelle joins us with experience of having sat on a number of cross government and sector groups, particularly on terrorism and serious crime issues. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School and spoken on governance, charity regulation and compliance issues nationally, at the UN and other government forums internationally.

She first joined the Charity Commission in 2002 as a lawyer and held various legal and senior management positions there. Michelle also worked as a qualified solicitor in private practice.

 Sarb Sembhi 

Sarb is the CTO & CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO & CISO for the Noord Group. He has previous worked as a consultant covering most issues in risk and security. Sarb’s contributions to the industry include the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its Cybersecurity working group. Other contributions include: Past President of the ISACA London Chapter, Chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, Chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member, InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several Security Standards Groups, and continues to write for several publications and speak at risk and security events around the world.

Emma Shaw, MBA, CSyP, FSyl

Emma Shaw

Emma is the founder and Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a well-established Electronic Bug Sweeping, Counter-Espionage and Intelligence gathering company based in Surrey, UK.  An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma’s early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Ministry of Defence.

She is a Vice President of the Security Institute, having previously been Chairman (2013 to 2015); Board Director of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA) and council member for City and Security Resilience Networks (CSARN).

She is a Non-Executive Director of Kings Security Group Solutions Ltd, and Falanx Group Ltd, an AIM listed geopolitical and intelligence company. In 2012, Emma won the Security Consultant of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards.

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth has extensive experience working in the security sector. Her achievements include; being Executive Director of Evidence Talks Ltd, winning the National First Woman of Science & Technology 2017, winning 2 Milton Keynes (MK) Women leaders Awards 2016 for Science & Technology & Business Services, being Vice President of Security for  A|D|S Aerospace, Defence and Security industry of the UK and being the Chairman of the Security Sector Board.

She is also a Member of the Security & Resilience Growth Partnership, a Past Chairman of the Covert Technical Supplier Forum of the UK, Advisory board member of Women in International Security and a Member of MK Business Leaders.

She is currently mentoring 3 start-up companies in MK and is a joint organiser for the STEM festival in MK. She is a committee member for Women in STEM and Professional Development with MK Council, a past committee member of F3 – First Forensic Forum of the UK and was previously Co-Founder and Board Director for Biztech in Milton Keynes.

Debbie Smyth

Debbie has worked in the ATM industry for over 30 years, starting with work on the establishment of LINK as the UK’s domestic network as it incorporated the previous networks operated by the major UK banks.  Debbie then moved to a major independent ATM operator, overseeing the application to join LINK. Following a management buyout, Debbie continued her role as Operations Director of Bank Machine, with close involvement in all aspects of cash logistics, hardware and software, customer service and security.

Debbie is now a freelance consultant, with a long-term contract supporting the ATM Industry Association in Europe.

Before the ATM world, Debbie was a researcher at the British Library, and a designer and implementer of automated library systems around Europe.  In her spare moments she is a keen travel writer and photographer, with a particular passion for street and urban photography, and it is not unusual for an ATM or two to appear in her images.

 Andy Williams 

Andy Williams CPP FSyI, is Head of Corporate Security at Japanese Banking giant Nomura. Originally a Police Officer in London, an injury on duty brought his career to a premature halt in 1995. Once recovered, Andy spent just under three years working for the NHS in Risk Management posts, before moving into the private security sector, where he held several senior appointments, before joining Nomura in 2009.

In addition to his day job, Andy was Chairman of the UK Chapter of ASIS International until December 2015, when he stood down to progress into a European leadership role, as Assistant Regional Vice President, but remains a Director of the UK Chapter.

He has been Vice Chairman of the International Counter Terrorism network TINYg since September 2010, a Fellow of the Security Institute since 2012 and until some health issues arose in 2014, was Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. A role that he hopes to return to as soon as possible. Andy has written several articles for international security publications and has been interviewed on television in relation to security issues.

Richard Woolford

Richard Woolford spent over 30 years in the Metropolitan and City of London Police, retiring as Commander Operations with strategic lead for Counter Terrorism, Crisis Management, Firearms, Public Order, Security and Operations. He has led and advised in policing and security operations in multiple countries across the globe. Currently Strategic Director of Security and Counter Terrorism Advisor for City of London Corporation.  He is also advises Football Clubs and Police across Europe on crowd safety and security, as an England Football Association, Crowd Safety and Security advisor.   He is a trustee of Cross-Sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC), a committee member of the City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA), an Advisory Council member of the Global Terrorist Information Network (TINYg) and a Director of the Security Institute.

 Geoff Zeidler

Geoff Zeidler studied Engineering at Cambridge and then worked in strategic consulting at Bain & Co, and Investment Banking at Robert Fleming & Co where he ran the Defence, Industry and Technology team.  In 1997 he joined Spirent plc as the Director of Business Development to lead transformation into a TeleComs group through acquisitions; and then ran the Europe and Wireless Divisions.   He left in 2005 and worked as Interim Strategy Director at De La Rue before being appointed the Commercial Director for the Forensic Science Service working closely with the police and Home Office.

In 2008 Geoff was appointed Country President of Securitas in the UK & Ireland and following re-invigoration of the business lead the acquisitions and integration of Reliance and Chubb which quadrupled the size of the company to create the UK’s second largest manned guarding business.  In 2013, he returned to an advisory career assisting companies in the Business Services; Technology; Justice and Security markets to grow; either through transactions as a Partner in Wyvern Partners; or an advisor/investor as Director of GZC.  He Chairs the Police & Security Initiative with the National Police Chiefs Council on behalf of the BSIA.

As a non-Executive he was Chairman of the BSIA from 2012-14; and is currently Deputy Chairman of the SIA (ALB regulator of the Security Industry) and Chairman of Kings Solutions Group Ltd.